Dr. Bill shares troubling new research on kids and concussions Show Notes

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Do you know a child who has suffered a concussion? New research shows that kids who have had a concussion can have lingering effects long after the physical symptoms fade away/

HealthDay News is reporting on a study from Boston Children's Hospital. Doctors there found that while headache, dizziness and blurry vision can appear right after a concussion, emotional and mental symptoms, such as irritability and frustration, show up much later and last longer.

Lead researcher Matthew Eisenberg says "Patients and their families should expect the physical symptoms that they experience after a head injury to get better over the next few weeks, but that emotional symptoms may come on later, even as the physical symptoms subside.”

Dr. Eisenberg says it’s important for parents to know what symptoms can be expected after a concussion, so they will know when to seek additional help. He also says it’s critical to make sure kids are taking appropriate precautions in regard to school and sports in order to achieve a full recovery.”

The researchers found that the most common physical symptoms after a concussion were headache, dizziness and fatigue. Those tended to start right after the injury and got better over time.  Most kids also had mental symptoms, such as difficulty concentrating and taking longer to think.

While most children recovered within two weeks after the injury, 25 percent still had headache a month later

In addition, more than 20 percent suffered from fatigue, and nearly 20 percent reported taking longer to think for a month after their concussion.

For many kids, emotional symptoms -- such as frustration and irritability -- were not as common right after the injury, but developed later on.

So if you know a child who still has symptoms three days after a concussion, see a doctor who is experienced in dealing with concussions or go to a concussion clinic.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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